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Kanyakumari: A student receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at a school in the Nagercoil Municipal Corporation area, Kanyakumari district, on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years started on Monday. (Photo PTI)

Given the sharp increase in new cases of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu, passengers who have received both doses of the vaccination would be allowed to travel on its commuter services starting January 10, the Southern Railway said on Saturday. In the latest set of guidelines issued by her, passengers with two doses of vaccination would be allowed to travel to the Chennai area.

The Southern Railway has also warned against levying a fine of Rs 500 from a passenger who does not wear a face mask on the premises. Given the current increase in Covid-19 cases and the threat of the Omicron variant, the government of Tamil Nadu has imposed several restrictions from January 6, as a result of which commuter train services operate with 50 % of seats.

The total number of beneficiaries who received Covid-19 vaccines topped nine crores on Saturday, with 17.34 lakh more people receiving the vaccines at the 18th mega vaccination camp, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said. The Minister of Health and Family, who inspected the city’s immunization exercise, said more than 90 percent of Chennai residents received the first dose.

“Today, the 18th mega-vaccination camp took place in which 17 34,083 beneficiaries received the vaccines. Of these 571,795 people received the first dose, while 1162,288 the second dose, ”he told reporters.

Partially overturning an FIR filed against a Catholic priest who was arrested last July for an allegedly derogatory speech, the Madras High Court ruled on Friday that his remarks against “Bharat Mata”, “Bhuma Devi” attracted the offense of infringement of religious feelings under section 295A. of the CPI, among others. The court overturned four of the seven charges against P George Ponnaiah.

Hearing Ponnaiah’s petition to quash the FIR, the court listed several allegedly derogatory remarks from his speech, delivered on July 18, 2021, at a meeting held at a church to honor late activist Stan Swamy in Kanyakumari.

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